Nitroglycerine decomposes violently according to the chemical equation below. What mass of carbon dioxide gas is produced from the decomposition of 5.00 g C3H5(NO3)3?
__C3H5(NO3)3 (l) → __CO2 (g) + __N2 (g) + __H2O (g) + __O2 (g)
First, we need to balance the equation. Tip: Put coefficients on compounds that only have 1 element LAST. This makes the adjustments a bit easier.
We set the largest molecule to have a coefficient of 1 for now.